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  • Group in Russia invites businessman seen as Jew to run for Parliament seat

    MOSCOW, Aug. 1 (JTA) — A Russian business tycoon who proudly displays his Jewish roots yet is disavowed by Jewish leaders may seek a parliamentary seat from a “Jewish region” of Russia. Boris Berezovsky, who is believed to have converted to Orthodox Christianity a few years ago, is one of the wealthiest men in Russia…

  • Russian extremists cheer ex-premier after he makes anti-Semitic remarks

    MOSCOW, Aug. 1 (JTA) — A remark by Russia’s former prime minister is winning him adulation by the country’s anti-Semites — and criticism from Jews and mainstream media. The controversy surrounding Viktor Chernomyrdin is creating worries that the Jewish card may be played in Russia’s upcoming parliamentary elections. In this week’s edition of Zavtra, Russia’s…

  • The mayor of Moscow gives thanks with shul that disaster was averted

    MOSCOW, July 29 (JTA) — In a surprise show of solidarity with the Jewish community, Moscow’s mayor has participated in a thanksgiving ceremony with a congregation that narrowly escaped a bombing earlier this week. Yuri Luzhkov, who was the first high-ranking official to condemn Sunday’s attempted bombing of the Bolshaya Bronnaya synagogue, took part in…

  • One-third of Russians say ethnicity should be factor in choosing leaders

    MOSCOW, July 27 (JTA) — Some three-quarters of Russians believe that all citizens regardless of their ethnicity should enjoy equal rights, according to a recent poll. But one-third also believe that a person’s ethnic background should be taken into account when an individual is elected or appointed to powerful positions, according to the survey conducted…

  • More fears raised as Russian mayor backs anti-Semitic, nationalist group

    MOSCOW, July 27 (JTA) — The Communist mayor of a southern Russian city has backed Russia’s largest ultranationalist organization, giving credence to the group’s claims that it has supporters in high places. Stavropol Mayor Mikhail Kuzmin voiced his support for the Russian National Unity group in a meeting earlier this month with Russia’s interior minister,…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Bomb discovered in Moscow shul heightens security fears in Russia

    MOSCOW, July 25 (JTA) — A rabbi’s 12-year-old son has prevented a bomb from going off inside a Moscow synagogue. The incident at the Bolshaya Bronnaya shul — in which no one was hurt — came less than two weeks after a Moscow Jewish leader was stabbed inside another synagogue in the Russian capital. The…

  • Stalin’s grandson blames Jews for Russia’s economic problems

    MOSCOW, July 19 (JTA) — A grandson of Stalin has found a familiar target for Russia’s current woes — the Jews. Yevgeny Dzhugashvili charged that “Zionists” are ravaging Russia and that there are “practically no [ethnic] Russians” in the current Russian Cabinet, the Interfax news agency reported. The statement was similar to a series of…

  • Russian tycoon says Jewish roots will hamper his political ambitions

    MOSCOW, July 18 (JTA) — One of Russia’s wealthiest and most powerful men said his Jewish roots will hinder his run for a seat in the Russian Parliament. “Of course, this problem exists for me in connection to the next election campaign,” Boris Berezovsky said in a television interview Saturday with the ORT channel, which…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Russian Jews hear loud message from political silence after stabbing

    MOSCOW, July 15 (JTA) — In contrast to Israeli and American leaders, who swiftly and unambiguously condemned the stabbing of a Jewish leader in Moscow’s Choral Synagogue earlier this week, Russian politicians have been quiet about the attack. Their silence is a “bad sign,” according to Pavel Feldblum, the executive vice president of the Moscow…

  • Moscow synagogue attacker lashes out against Jewish ‘evil

    MOSCOW, July 14 (JTA) — The young man who stabbed a prominent Moscow Jewish leader on Tuesday said he wanted to combat what he calls the “evil” of Judaism. Nikita Krivchun, a 20-year-old Moscow student, denied that he is a member of a neo-Nazi group and insists that he did not have any help in…